Queen Beatrix International Airport

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Dakota Field)
Jump to: navigation, search
Queen Beatrix
International Airport

Internationale luchthaven
Koningin Beatrix

Aeropuerto Internacional
Reina Beatrix
AUA Arrivals building.JPG
Airport type Public
Owner Aruba Airport Authority N.V.
Location Oranjestad, Aruba
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 60 ft / 18 m
Coordinates 12°30′05″N 70°00′55″W / 12.50139°N 70.01528°W / 12.50139; -70.01528Coordinates: 12°30′05″N 70°00′55″W / 12.50139°N 70.01528°W / 12.50139; -70.01528
Website airportaruba.com
AUA  is located in Aruba
Location in Aruba
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,743 8,999 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1]

Queen Beatrix International Airport (IATA: AUAICAO: TNCA) (Dutch: Internationale luchthaven Koningin Beatrix; Papiamento: Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix), is an international airport located in Oranjestad, Aruba. It has flight services to the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, most countries in the Caribbean, the northern coastal countries of South America, Canada, and some parts of Europe, notably the Netherlands. It is named after Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, the now-retired Queen and former head of state of Aruba.


The airport offers US Border Pre-clearance facilities. A terminal for private aircraft opened in 2007. This airport used to serve as the hub for bankrupt airline Air Aruba, which was for many years an international airline. Before Aruba's separation from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 it was also one of three hubs for Air ALM as well as a home base for Tiara Air until 2016.

Since 2013 the airport is home to Aruba Airlines, a local airliner. The airline has 3 Airbus A320 family aircraft and 2 Bombardier CRJ200. The main focus of Aruba Airlines is connecting the region through its hub. The airport helps much by providing US Border Pre-clearance and in return the airline would yield less expenses form passengers with incomplete document due to send home.


In 1934, Manuel Viana launched a weekly mail and passenger service between Aruba and Curacao, with A.J. Viccellio piloting Loening C-2H Air Yacht PJ-ZAA from a mud-flat runway. Commercial services were taken over by KLM from December 24, 1934, and later[when?] transferred to a graded runway known as KLM field.[2]

During World War II the airport was used by the United States Army Air Forces Sixth Air Force defending Caribbean shipping and the Panama Canal against German submarines.[citation needed] The airfield was renamed Dakota Field, and the terminal facilities became Dakota Airport.[2] Flying units assigned to the airfield were:

On 22 October 1955, the airport was named after Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands during a royal visit, and was renamed in 1980 after her accession to the throne.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

A Delta 737-800 bound for Atlanta parked at gate 4
The air traffic control tower
The baggage claim area
The non-USA departures building
Walkway to security and US pre-clearance facilities


Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson
Albatros Airlines Las Piedras
American Airlines Charlotte, Miami, Philadelphia
Aruba Airlines Barquisimeto (begins 10 January 2018), Bonaire, Curaçao, Maracaibo, Miami, Valencia (VE)
Charter: Georgetown, Havana,
Aserca Airlines Caracas
Avianca Bogotá
Avior Airlines Valencia (VE)
Copa Airlines Panama City
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York-JFK
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul (begins December 23, 2017)[3]
Insel Air Curaçao
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK
KLM Amsterdam1
LATAM Colombia Bogotá
LASER Airlines Caracas, Maracaibo
PAWA Dominicana Santo Domingo-Las Americas2
Southwest Airlines Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale (begins March 8, 2018),[4] Houston–Hobby, Orlando (ends March 7, 2018)[4]
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul (begins December 23, 2017)[5]
Sunwing Airlines Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau
Surinam Airways Miami, Paramaribo
Seasonal: Orlando/Sanford[6]
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Stockholm–Arlanda
TUI Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels (begins 18 June 2018[7])
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam3
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark
Seasonal: Washington-Dulles
WestJet Toronto–Pearson
Wingo Bogotá
  • ^1 KLM's flights operate to and from Bonaire on selected days. However, the airline does not have fifth freedom rights to transport passengers solely between Aruba and Bonaire.
  • ^2 PAWA Dominicana's flights operate to and from Curacao. However, the airline does not have fifth freedom rights to transport passengers solely between Aruba and Curacao.
  • ^3 TUI Airlines Netherlands's flights operate between Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao on selected days. However, the airline does not have fifth freedom rights to transport passengers solely between Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.


Airlines Destinations
Ameriflight Aguadilla, San Juan
Amerijet International Miami, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas
DHL Aero Expreso Panama City
Líneas Aéreas Suramericanas Bogotá
PAWA Dominicana Santo Domingo/Punta Caucedo


Busiest US routes from Aruba (2009–2010)[citation needed]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
New York (JFK), New York
Delta Air Lines, JetBlue
Miami, Florida
American Airlines
Newark, New Jersey
United Airlines
Atlanta, Georgia
Delta Air Lines
Charlotte, North Carolina
US Airways
Boston, MA
Philadelphia, PA
American Airlines
Washington (Dulles), VA
United Airlines
Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois
United Airlines
Houston, TX (Bush)
Continental Airlines

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On January 13, 2010, an Arkefly Boeing 767-300 with the registration of PH-AHQ, was operating on flight 361 from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Queen Beatrix International Airport declared an emergency after a man who claimed to have a bomb on board ensued a struggle with the flight crew, the aircraft made an emergency Landing at Shannon Airport. Gardaí stormed the plane and arrested the man, where he was taken to Shannon Garda station. A passenger having had surgery earlier the month before collapsed in the terminal while waiting for the continuation of the flight and had to be taken to a local hospital. The replacement aircraft PH-AHY also a Boeing 767-300 continued the flight to Aruba.

See also[edit]




 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

External links[edit]

Media related to Queen Beatrix International Airport at Wikimedia Commons